Queen Elizabeth II passed over royal duties to Prince Charles on Remembrance Sunday (12.11.17).

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

The 91-year-old monarch usually places the wreath on the Cenotaph at the memorial service, but Her Majesty handed over the duty to her son, the Prince of Wales, for the first time in her almost 70-year reign.

The 68-year-old royal led the tributes at the London service yesterday, which is a role the monarch has directed since 1920, to commemorate those from the British and Commonwealth military units, as well as other servicemen and women, who were involved in the two World Wars.

Charles also laid his own wreath, while the Duke of Edinburgh's equerry - a Royal officer who attends or assists the members of the royal family - placed an arrangement of poppies on his behalf.

And while Charles laid the wreaths, Queen Elizabeth and her 96-year-old husband observed from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace previously announced a change to the traditional ceremony would take place last month, although a reason was not provided for the shake-up.

The royal family, servicemen and other parties who joined the service held a two minutes silence to remember those who passed away in battle and to honour their contribution.

Charles was accompanied by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry who also put down wreaths at the memorial site, the Telegraph Online has reported.